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Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based columnist. He regularly writes for the Gatestone Institute and Defense News, and is a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

ARTICLES BY: Burak Bekdil


October 26, 2020 4:32 am
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Erdoğan’s Costly ‘Make Turkey Great Again’ Program

JNS.org - Turkey’s per capita income is barely $8,900. Its economy is suffering from double-digit inflation and unemployment rates. A quarter of Turkish youth is...

October 12, 2020 6:15 am
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Erdogan and His ‘Arab Brothers’

Neither the Ottoman nor the modern Turkish language has ever been short of racist proverbs denigrating Arabs and their culture. No more, said Recep Tayyip...

August 31, 2020 6:03 am
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Turkey: Radical Islamism’s Corrupted Symbolism

Turkey’s Islamist president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, took yet another step toward undoing the secular legacy of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, when...

August 28, 2020 9:24 am
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Erdogan’s Pathetic Response to Israel-UAE Peace Deal

These days, Turkey’s foreign policy calculus, especially when it involves matters surrounding Israel, appears to reflect the thinking of a fifth-grade schoolboy. "I don’t like...

August 12, 2020 5:22 am
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Turkey’s Generation Z: A Youth Challenge to Erdogan

Political scientists call them “Generation Z.” They are young Turks born around the turn of the millennium -- technically, those who were born in 1995...

August 2, 2020 4:11 am
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As Turkey Is Flooded With State-Sponsored Fake News, Confusion Abounds on America

In 2018, the Turkish police began to raid onion wholesalers on suspicion that they were artificially raising onion prices and trying to “illegally overthrow” the...

July 13, 2020 2:44 am
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Good News for Freedom: Turkish Youth Don’t Believe in Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not lost a single election, including municipal elections and referenda, since his AKP (Justice and Development) party came to...

July 2, 2020 5:48 am
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Turkey and Qatar: Love in Bloom

Few Qataris who fought the Ottoman colonialists to gain their independence in 1915 and end the 44-year-long Turkish rule in the peninsula would ever have...

June 9, 2020 6:26 am
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Turks Turn on Each Other — and the ‘Enemy Within’

For two despicable decades starting at the end of the 1960s, Italy was racked by the Anni di Piombo (Years of Lead). That era was...

June 4, 2020 1:16 pm
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Turkey’s Selective Amnesia With the Palestinians

The collective Turkish memory has clear perceptions of which nations are friends and which are foes. In Turkey, the average length of schooling is only...

May 12, 2020 5:52 am
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Don’t Fall for Turkey’s Duplicitous Charm Offensive

In an article published in 2016, “Erdogan: The World’s Most Insulted President,” I suggested that the perpetually angry Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey, would...

May 11, 2020 8:53 am
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Turkey Won’t Recover Quickly From the Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has deepened fundamental imbalances in the Turkish economy, making a post-crisis freefall quite likely. However, as far as Turkey’s difficult foreign policy...

April 26, 2020 5:43 am
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Turkish Divisions Thrive Amid Coronavirus

Turks often boast about their strong national unity “in good and bad times.” “Dozens of ethnicities came together to win the War of Independence (1920-22),”...

March 25, 2020 8:04 am
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Turkey and Coronavirus: Conspiracy Theories and Religious Fantasy

Turkey’s fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) is generally accepted to be rational, well-timed, not too badly planned, and fairly effective. At a time when the German case...

Culture

Bob Dylan Discusses Jewish Identity in Lost Interviews Up for Auction

Lost-long interviews with legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan that are going up for auction...

Actor Oscar Isaac in Talks to Play Jewish Superhero in New Marvel, Disney+ Series

"Star Wars" actor Oscar Isaac is in negotiations to take on the title...

Features

Why the UAE Wants Israeli Help to Secure Its Food Supplies

JNS.org - Food security is emerging as a key area in which the United Arab Emirates is eager for Israeli...

Young Global Jewry at Forefront of Fight Against COVID-19

Masa Israel Journey, a leader in immersive international experiences in Israel founded by the Jewish Agency and government of Israel,...

Checking in on COVID-19 and Jewish Seniors

JNS.org - As America’s battle with the novel coronavirus has raged on, America’s Jewish community has suffered its share of...

World

Jewish Groups Express Horror Over ‘Barbaric’ Knife Attack at Fr...

Jewish groups reacted with horror on Thursday to the knife attack at a Catholic church in the southern French city...

Israel

US to Allow Jerusalem-Born Americans to List Israel as Birthplace, Pompeo S...

American citizens born in Jerusalem will now be able to list Israel as their birthplace on their passports, US Secretary of State...

Middle East

White House Moves Forward With Sale of 50 F-35 Jets to UAE: Sources

The Trump administration notified Congress it intends to sell 50 Lockheed Martin F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates for about $10 billion, sources said on Thursday, setting up a...

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